13 Nov Episode 57 – Naught Was Anymore Like Before: Atrocity 1990-1992
Germany’s Atrocity have been plying their execrable goth-metal wares since 1994’s precipitously tragic Blut, but the band’s first two albums, 1990’s Hallucinations and 1992’s Todessehnsucht (aka Longing for Death), occupy space in the top tier of death metal’s golden age. Wild, technical, psychotic, and destructive, these two albums document the work of a young band hungry to bend minds and mock convention. On the 57th episode of Radical Research, your hosts offer a guided tour through a prison called Earth. If you’re agile of foot, you may avoid a fatal step and hold out to the end.
Note I: Tangents ahead! Affliction Clothing; brief Galactic Cowboys reference; Tommy Victor serves Hunter food in a sewer (again); too much talk about Blut. Forgive us.
Note II: The title of this episode comes from a lyric in Atrocity’s “Sky Turned Red.”
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Music cited, in order of appearance:
“Life is a Long and Silent River” (Hallucinations, 1990)
“Fatal Step” (Hallucinations, 1990)
“Hallucinations” (Hallucinations, 1990)
“Defeated Intellect” (Hallucinations, 1990)
“Hold Out (To the End)” (Hallucinations, 1990)
“Last Temptation” (Hallucinations, 1990)
“Godless Years” (Todessehnsucht, 1992)
“Defiance” (Todessehnsucht, 1992)
“Sky Turned Red” (Todessehnsucht, 1992)
“Necropolis” (Todessehnsucht, 1992)
“Todessehnsucht (Reprise)” (Todessehnsucht, 1992)
Radical Research is a conversation about the inner- and outer-reaches of rock and metal music. This podcast is conceived and conducted by Jeff Wagner and Hunter Ginn. Though we consume music in a variety of ways, we give particular privilege to the immersive, full-album listening experience. Likewise, we believe that tangible music formats help provide the richest, most rewarding immersions and that music, artwork, and song titles cooperate to produce a singular effect on the listener. Great music is worth more than we ever pay for it.
This is Radical Research Podcast episode 57